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Denis O'Brien is Chairman of the Digicel Group, one of the fastest growing cellular companies in the world. Mr. O’Brien is one of Ireland’s leading entrepreneurs with extensive investments across several sectors including international telecoms, radio, media, property, aircraft leasing, golf and other leisure interests. He founded the Communicorp Group which has a portfolio of media and broadcasting-related companies in Ireland and seven other European countries. Denis was Chairman of the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Ireland and is Chairman of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. He is on the US Board of Concern Worldwide. In 2000 he established The O’Brien Foundation to assist disadvantaged communities in Ireland and internationally.
Mary Lawlor (Director) has over 35 years experience in human rights. She set up Front Line Defenders in 2001 with a $3 million donation from Denis O'Brien. She was Director of Amnesty International Ireland from 1988-2000. She became a Board member in 1975 and was elected Chair from 1983 to 1987. She has wide experience of developing and sustaining a human rights organisation. She serves as a non-voting ex-officio member of the Board.
Kieran Mulvey is Chief Executive of the Irish Labour Relations Commission, Adjunct Professor of Industrial Relations at the National College of Ireland, and a Consultant with the International Labour Organisation and the European Union. He is a former general secretary of two teachers’ unions.
Noeline Blackwell is an Irish-based lawyer specialising in refugee law and is the Director General of FLAC (Free Legal Advice Centres), an NGO that provides free legal advice and services for those living in poverty. She is the former Chairperson of both the International Human Rights Trust and the Irish Section of Amnesty International.
David Sykes has worked for over 30 years in the financial services sector combining careers in banking and stock broking. He is a member of the Securities Institute.
Maria Mulcahy was involved with "People in Need" from 1988 – 2000. She was responsible for organising the RTE telethons, which raised €28 million. She was Director of Fundraising for the 2003 Special Olympics World Games and is a board member of Newstalk 106, the O’Brien Foundation and the Digicel Foundation.
Jim Conway is the founder of the Print and Display Group, one of Ireland's largest print companies, where he is now Chairman. Print and Display is one of Europe's market leaders in the screen, digital and litho production of outdoor poster, bus advertising and point-of-purchase materials. He also has a number of other media interests in Ireland and eastern Europe.